President Obama has proposed a new $50 million plan to restore the historic Southern sites of the civil rights movement. The proposal is incredibly fitting as this year marks the 50th anniversary of The 1965 Voting Rights Act which we all know was the result of the Selma marches that began in 1963. The money funding the restoration will specifically go towards improving the sites of Arkansas’ Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge where the iconic marches took place.
The project is part of a bigger $4 trillion budget that President Obama had sent to Congress on Monday for their approval. Fellow Democrat, Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama, has spoken in support of the budget incorporating the “commitment [of preserving] a critical part of our [American] history.”
Political sources have also confirmed that the President will be attending the 50th commemoration of The Voting Rights Act in March in Selma, and will again highlight the importance of the massive budget of our nation’s landmarks for 20th century freedom. Yay President Obama! Way to make us feel like our history matters!